Andrade, Forzley Reach Qualifying Marks in Austin


Nov. 30, 2017

AUSTIN, Texas -- TCU swimming wrapped up the first full day of competition at the Texas Invitational on Thursday. Six Horned Frogs across three events reached the final rounds of their events, with Joao Andrade and Elise Forzley recording national qualifying marks in their respective events.

NCAA B CUTs
After recording a 4:24.06 mark in the 500 free prelim, Andrade finished in 4:22.37 in the finals. In the women's 200 IM prelim, Forzley recorded a 2:01.81 mark and followed it up with a 2:00.73 mark in the finals. Andrade and Forzley have been models of consistency for TCU all season, leading the team in four events each.

SIX FINALISTS
In addition to Andrade and Forzley, four other Horned Frogs reached the finals of their events. Joining Andrade in the men's 500 free final, Dayne Odendaal recorded a prelim time of 4:27.55 and a final time of 4:27.98. Joining Forzley in the 200 IM final, Ally Robertson recorded a preliminary mark of 2:03.49. In the 500 free, Micaela Roemer and Claire Munster recorded preliminary marks of 23.40 and 24.46 respectively, and finished with final marks of 23.23 and 23.32.

RELAY BESTS
In the 200 free relay, the tandem of Munster, Roemer, Amanda Key and Devin Newton set a new season-best mark for TCU, finishing in 1:33.30. The previous season-high was 1:38... In the 400 medley relay, Forzley, Newton, Roemer, and Munster shed 13 seconds off the previous best mark, finishing in 3:41.25.

 

 

On the men's side, Ross Sullivan, Jonathan Drewes, Matthew Brewer, and Ryan Whelan set a new team-high mark in the 200 free (1:22.87). In the 400 medley relay, Andrade, Jakub Swierczynski, Migs Martin, and Radu Duican finished in 3:18.28, a new team-high as well.

COACH'S THOUGHTS
"A lot of good things to take away from today," head swimming and diving coach Sam Busch said. "We're continuing to learn to put together good races. Everyone is racing tough, it's just a matter of believing in the training and enjoying the competition. This meet is one of the most competitive in the country. We had a lot of lifetime bests, including our relays. We want to be a program that prides itself on relays and today was a huge step forward."

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